About Defensa

Defensa Animal de Rincon

Founded in 2013, Defensa is a Federal and Puerto Rico Accredited Non Profit Animal Rescue Organization. Our EIN is 660811657. We communicate daily via DefensaRincon@gmail.com.  Defensa does not have a shelter or take in animals except for Horses via our Hope4Horses Program.   We help people to rescue street animals in Puerto Rico via our Open Rescue Program and we help Market rescues for Adoption!

Our work and the situation for the homeless animals in Puerto Rico has been reported on by CNN Senior Writer and Editor Heather Long in “Puerto Rico has become ‘dead dog island‘”, Horse Nation’s Standing Ovation, The El Coqui of Rincon 2015 Animal Rescue Article, 2016 Horse Class Article (2nd page) & 2017 Animal Rescue Article. Defensa was also distinguished with the honor of being one of the “10 Best Volunteer Opportunities in Puerto Rico of 2018“.

We recommend watching The Documentary 100,000 The Movie as it is several years old but the situation is unfortunately the same as of today.   Find reviews of our work on our Defensa GreatNonProfits page!

We post our current months animal count & financial/PL around the 1st of every month on Our Rescued Animals & Financial Numbers page.

You will find our Puerto Rican Rescued Animals for adoption on our website as well as on Overstock, PetFinder, AllPaws and AdoptAPet.

Please share us on Facebook as it is a great way to find rescued animals forever homes and bring in more donations.   Our animals are FREE to GREAT homes and that can even include their travel costs.   This means, if you find an abandoned, neglected or abused animal we will help you keep the animal yourself or find the animal a forever family.

Conditions in Puerto Rico

There was an excellent documentary done, showing the intense conditions of the animals throughout Puerto Rico. We invite you to educate yourself on these conditions by viewing the Documentary 100000 Movie.  The Documentary is a few years old but the situation has not changed.


Defensa Animal de Rincon is a Puerto Rico based non profit working to help the dogs, cats and horses on the Island by

  • Increasing the sterilization rates among all cats and dogs and castration of stallions/horses
  • Lowering the number of dogs, cats and horses that are injured, un-owned or neglected by providing  financial assistance for Vet services and marketing for adoption services
  • Taking in, Rehabbing and Re-homing the unwanted, injured or abandoned horses

Funded 100% Via Donations

Defensa is always open to and looking for large donations to be used to continue our mission.  You can donate directly from PayPal.me/PRAnimalRescue or our Donate to Defensa Page.


When someone finds an animal in need we help with Vet Services and Marketing for Adoption.  Please read our Defensa Rescue Page to see how we can help you help an animal.